Adelaide “Dell” Cecelia Schmalz

Adelaide “Dell” Cecelia Schmalz, passed away on August 11, 2018, at her home surrounded by family in League City, TX, at the age of 99.

She was born on April 2, 1919 in Subiaco, AR, to Wolfgang Linbeck and Catherine Rakl, where she grew up on the family farm during the Great Depression.

Adelaide was a devoted homemaker to her husband and treasured her family the most.  The biggest joys in her life were holiday gatherings with family.  She had a green thumb and grew sweet peas, she would bring bouquets of them when visiting family.  Dell and Eddie owned land in Waller where the family spent many summers weekends tending to the vegetable garden.   Dell enjoyed catering weddings and did so for several years.  Dell spent many years as a volunteer at the Crisis Center in League City.  She loved to travel and visit family.  Dell was a woman of great faith and raised her family as such.

Preceded in death by her husband Edwin Schmalz; her parents Wolfgang and Catherine Linbeck; her son Edwin Augustine Schmalz; her sisters Mary Gorrell, Agnes Linbeck, Monica Barnard, and Ann Walker; and her brothers Lawrence Linbeck, Alphonse Linbeck, Albert Linbeck, Leo Linbeck, Sr., Father Augustine Linbeck, OSB, and A.F. (Hooter) Linbeck.

Survived by her daughters Kathleen Eva and spouse George Morton of North Augusta, SC; and Mary Dell and spouse Chuck Barry, Jr of New Braunfels, TX; sons J. Edwin and spouse Sharon Schmalz of League City, TX; and John Joseph Schmalz of League City, TX; grandchildren Jason Morton and spouse Mariya Morar of San Mateo, CA; Jennifer Schmalz of Arlington, VA; Katie and spouse Mark Howison of Mansfield, MA; Chuck Barry III and spouse Meghan of Austin, TX; Jonathan and spouse Karen Schmalz-Benson of Clear Lake, TX; and Craig Barry of Austin TX; and great grandchildren Eva Alexandra Howison, Sofia Adelaide Lydia Morton, Grace Elizabeth Howison, and Annika Sunshine Schmalz-Benson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a Rosary at 7 pm on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 E. Main Street, League City, TX with a Funeral Service at 10 am on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 1612 E. Walker Ave., League City, TX. Adelaide Schmalz will be buried at Forest Park East Cemetery 21620 Gulf Fwy, League City, TX 77573.



  1. We at Griswold Home Care have had the pleasure of assisting the Schmalz family with daily care of Ms. Adelaide for the past two and half years. All of our caregivers and staff that had the joy of spending any time with her know how special of a lady she was and she will be be deeply missed by us all. Keeping John and all of the Schmalz family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Brenda, Jennifer, Yvette and Kerrie

    Jennifer Rafuse
  2. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Extending our deepest sympathy during your time of sorrow
    Prayers for God’s peace and comfort during these difficult days ahead.
    Peace, Love, and Grace
    Richard and Martha Quinn

    Richard and Martha Quinn
  3. Kathleen, Eddie, John and Mary Dell, I was sorry to read of Aunt Dell’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing her and talking to her, and I know you all have great memories of her. She lived a full life.

    Joan Furstenberg
  4. sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences

    Ashish Kumar
  5. Eddie Schmalz & family
    God Bless her great soul and Rest In Peace. My prayers are with the family to give them the strength to bare such irreplaceable loss. Time will heal such loss.

    Homi Cooper
  6. Things won’t be the same without “mom” going to dinner with us or just visiting.
    I will greatly miss her wit and stories of growing up on the farm. But now she is with our Lord, and she can walk, jump, and be young again. I will always love and miss her.

    Margaretta Morvillo
  7. Heartfelt Condolences Dear Eddie and Family. Keeping you in my Prayers and Thoughts.

    Chitra Prabhu

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